The great American youth vaping epidemic. Really?

When senior officials claim that the is an epidemic of teenage vaping or nicotine addiction, what do they actually mean and does the claim makes sense? Most vaping is infrequent, and regular use is concentrated among smokers, where is may be benficial. […]

Rethinking nicotine: FDA asks six questions about the future of nicotine regulation

Will no-one rid me of this turbulent molecule? (after Henry II on Sir Thomas Beckett)

Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recently published an article with six questions about the future of nicotine regulation.

See: Zeller M. The Future of Nicotine Regulation: Key […]

The urge to ban: 10 questions to ask first

Clive Bates from The E-Cigarette Summit U.S. 2018

My presentation from the E-cigarette Summit (US) 30 April 2018 – video (top) and PowerPoint slides (below).

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The US media is losing its mind over vaping and Juul - the questions a credible journalist should ask

Losing perspective?

Update 30 April 2018 – JUUL: hold the moral panic

Introducing a modern moral panic

Over the weekend in an aside in my long blog about the sophistry of anti-vaping activists, I mentioned the unfolding moral panic about vaping and, especially, Juul e-cigarettes among teens (see the quote from the blog below […]

FDA wants to reduce nicotine in cigarettes - what could possibly go wrong (and right)?

Some things don’t have to be used to be useful

On 28th July, FDA announced that it wants to hold a “public dialogue” about regulating to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to “non-addictive levels”. I’ve previously written about this idea in my critique of ‘tobacco endgame’ ideas, and I was pleased to present on […]